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Helen Moorhouse: I gorged on Borgen last night ... and today I have a hangover

Published 03/02/2012 | 12:48

Sidse Babett Knudsen stars as prime minister Birgitte Nyborg Christensen in the Danish drama series Borgen
Sidse Babett Knudsen stars as prime minister Birgitte Nyborg Christensen in the Danish drama series Borgen

Dear Sarah Lund, while The Killing has been away, I've been seeing someone else. She's not better than you, just different. I don't even know her that well yet – I haven't seen inside her jumper drawer. But she's a pint-sized firecracker in a too-tight suit. She's Birgitte Nyborg and I think I love her a little....

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I have a Borgen hangover – I gorged last night, episodes saved up on my Sky planner like Weightwatchers points for the weekend. I now think I want to learn Danish and go into politics; I definitely want a househusband. The first series draws to a close this weekend on BBC 4 and all I want to do with my time is continue to hurtle through it at breakneck speed, striding along beside the diminutive prime minister, her ambitious spin doctor, her incompetent (but-she'll-come-good-I-bet) secretary, her closest advisor, Bent (who I have a horrible feeling will die and leave her to cope alone), elfin journalist Katrine (elfin as in Cate Blanchett with black eyes) and strangely foxy husband, Strange-from-The-Killing 2.



Why oh why is Danish TV so good? Clearly they must have their share of 'Going Strongs' but there is nothing that we could send them – not The Clinic, not Raw, not Pure Mule - that could even touch the hemlines of The Killing or Borgen – and word has it that upcoming 'The Bridge' is going to blow our fair isle sweaters off.

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